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Abattoir Blues

DCI Banks 22

By Peter Robinson

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The twenty-second novel in Number One bestselling author Peter Robinson's critically acclaimed DCI Banks series.

BANKS IS BACK - AND THE HUNT IS ON.

When two boys vanish under mysterious circumstances, the local community is filled with unease. Then a bloodstain is discovered in a disused World War Two hangar nearby, and a caravan belonging to one of the youths is burned to the ground. Things quickly become much more sinister.

Assigned to the case, DCI Banks and his team are baffled by the mystery laid out before them. But when a motor accident throws up a gruesome discovery, the investigation spins into a higher gear - in another direction. As Banks and his team struggle desperately to find the missing boy who holds the key to the puzzle, they find themselves in a race against time where it's their turn to become the prey . . .

Biographical Notes

Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada. There are twenty-two books in the bestselling DCI Banks series - the critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world.

Peter Robinson's DCI Banks is now a major ITV1 drama by Left Bank productions. Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel) plays Inspector Banks, and Andrea Lowe (The Bill, Murphy's Law) plays DI Annie Cabbot. The first series aired in Autumn 2011 with an adaptation of FRIEND OF THE DEVIL, the second in Autumn 2012, and the third airs in February 2014. Peter's recent standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won the IMBA's 2013 Dilys Award as well as the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. This was Peter's sixth Arthur Ellis award.

Peter keeps a website at www.inspectorbanks.com.

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  • ISBN: 9781444704969
  • Publication date: 31 Jul 2014
  • Page count: 384
  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Classic Robinson: labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation — Observer
Peter Robinson deserves a place near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league — The Times
A real page-turner that confirms Robinson as a master of crime fiction — Bella Magazine
As always with the excellent DCI Alan Banks novels, you can expect the story to grip you from beginning to end — Choice
[Peter Robinson deserves a place] near, perhaps even at the top of, the British crime writers' league — The Times
It's neither the setting nor even the characters that makes Robinson's work so satisfying, but the plotting of Swiss-watch precision — Independent
Classic Robinson: labyrinthine plot merged with deft characterisation — Observer
As always with the excellent DCI Alan Banks novels, you can expect the story to grip you from beginning to end. — Choice
A real page-turner that confirms Robinson as a master of crime fiction. — Bella Magazine
As always with the excellent DCI Alan Banks novels, you can expect the story to grip you from beginning to end. — Choice
A real page-turner that confirms Robinson as a master of crime fiction. — Bella Magazine
It's always cause for celebration when a new Peter Robinson arrives, and this latest Inspector Banks is wonderful. Brilliantly plotted, beautifully paced, it gathers speed and dread until I could barely stand it. Peter Robinson writes with compassion, with depth, with the assurance of a writer at the top of his game and rewards us with a truly heart-pounding finale. All who adore great writing, and Inspector Banks, will find this a thrilling read. — Louise Penny, author of THE LONG WAY HOME
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